Maia Dunphy on her father Johnny Vegas: 'When we initial met Johnny, we didn't consider really most of him'

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 28/02/2016 | 02:30

Johnny Vegas and mother Maia Dunphy usually changed in together for a initial time this year, after scarcely 4 years of marriage. Johnny Vegas and mother Maia Dunphy usually changed in together for a initial time this year, after scarcely 4 years of marriage. New era: Maia Dunphy. Photo: Mark Nixon. Maia Dunphy with father Johnny Vegas and their son Tom.

Maia Dunphy (39) is a TV presenter, author and producer. After many years operative behind a camera on shows such as Podge Rodge, she finished her on-screen entrance hosting a documentary From Boom to Maternity in 2012. She has given created and hosted a array of successful TV documentaries including a critically acclaimed Merlot Me and a four-part What Women Want series.

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She married comedian Johnny Vegas in 2011, and she remained vital in Dublin while he was formed in England for scarcely 4 years. They now live together in London with their seven-month-old son Tom and Michael (11), Johnny’s son from a prior relationship.

Johnny Vegas and mother Maia Dunphy usually changed in together for a initial time this year, after scarcely 4 years of marriage. Johnny Vegas and mother Maia Dunphy usually changed in together for a initial time this year, after scarcely 4 years of marriage.

When we initial met Johnny, we didn’t consider unequivocally most of him. He was on Podge Rodge, and everybody wanted to go on a piss with him. we was thinking: “God, that guy’s a liability.” Two years later, he came back, and we asked him for an speak for a newspaper. The speak never got finished – a tea was substituted for drinks, and we went on a rip for about 12 hours. We had so most fun.

He texted me seeking if he could take me for a meal. When we got home, there was a handwritten label with a polish sign with my initials on a back, in this pleasing calligraphy. He pronounced how good it was to accommodate me and how most he was looking brazen to dinner. we couldn’t spin down cooking with a male who does that!

He gave me this bag of divided wrapped presents. Things that I’d mentioned – my mouth ship that had cracked, some film I’d never seen. we had even lost I’d mentioned them! It was really, unequivocally sweet.

I never looked back. No one ever believes it, they say, “That Johnny Vegas? The dipsomaniac lad?” But he still does things like that, he is a revolutionary romantic!

Johnny and we never lived together until a year ago. That was a norm, it wasn’t remotely odd. Now vital together is odd. It’s like: “Jesus, is that what you’re like?” Most people iron that things out before they get married, though we didn’t. The initial few months were not domestic tranquillity – oh my God, there were rows over everything, from toilet seats to stacking dishwashers.

Long stretch matched us given we were both unequivocally busy. Our finish suspicion was always to live together, though we couldn’t work out where – London was unequivocally a outcome of a routine of elimination.

Moving to London, removing profound so fast and being profound in a new city was tough. we stepped in to a full-time step-mum purpose as well, that we hadn’t finished before, so it was a benediction of fire.

When we found out we was pregnant, we was terrified. People kept observant to me, “You’re 38, what a ruin is wrong with you?” I’ve never actively not wanted children, though when you’re a freelancer and you’re roving a lot, other things only take priority. When a theme of kids came up, I’d always say, “Not now.”

Maia Dunphy and her father Johnny Vegas during a launch of a Dogs Trust Fur Ball. Photo: Fran Veale Maia Dunphy and her father Johnny Vegas during a launch of a Dogs Trust Fur Ball. Photo: Fran Veale

I’ve favourite being a silent most some-more than we suspicion we would. At initial we thought, I’m not certain if this is what we want. That sounds unequivocally self-indulgent, though we can’t apologize for how we feel. we only thought, if I’m not certain about pregnancy, afterwards I’m going to be a awful mum. we was flattering concerned for a whole 9 months, though afterwards he arrived, and I’m very, unequivocally happy now.

I’m anticipating it unequivocally tough lifting a baby divided from home. we adore travel, we adore change, I’ve never favourite things staying a same, though during a same time, I’m unequivocally tighten to my mum, and when we have a new baby and you’re in a large new city,

I had no suspicion what a large understanding babies are for a rest of your family. My brother’s turn an uncle for a initial time and my sister’s an auntie, my relatives are grandparents for a initial time, and there’s so most fun there that we hadn’t even suspicion of. There’s a whole opposite component to motherhood, given it changes a whole energetic of a family and brings us closer together.

I don’t quite like vital in London. we like finally being with my husband, though I’d most rather be in Dublin. I’m perplexing not to let it get me down given during a moment, that’s where my life is a lot of a time, and I’m propitious it’s not Australia.

I like my possess company. we spend a lot of time operative on my own, though being on your possess by choice is opposite to being on your possess given there’s no one to go and see. London is shining if you’ve already found your tribe. we changed there before we found anybody.

My dad’s been revelation me given we was a child not to persperate a tiny stuff. we still find it unequivocally tough not to, though we try my best.

I don’t do gyms. we don’t do exercise, we don’t do crazy diets. we don’t do extremes, we consider they are cursed to fail.

I always travel everywhere. It’s about clearing my conduct and articulate to myself, though but relocating my lips given that looks a bit weird.

I don’t unexpected wish to only be tangible as a mum. But when Nurofen asked me to work on their campaign, it unequivocally resonated with me. Tom is 7 months old, and each day has a opposite new ‘first’ and a opposite new worry. we consider it’s good to speak about those things.

Maia Dunphy has teamed adult with Nurofen for Children on a #FeverFighters campaign. She’s helped to emanate a array of parenting videos that will be accessible on a Nurofen for Children app and Nurofen Ireland YouTube Channel from March

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